Abbas Smears Jews by Claiming Jews' feet Are Dirty
. . . . the 'filthy feet' of Jewish visitors to the Temple Mount desecrate it. . .A fuller quote has:
“Al-Aqsa is ours and so is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. They have no right to desecrate them with their filthy feet. We won’t allow them to do so and we will do whatever we can to defend Jerusalem.” [WAFA, PA/PLO press agency]This claim of Jews having dirty or filthy feet actually goes back to medieval Muslim notions and prejudices against Jews which have been upheld in places from Persia [Iran] to Morocco.
In referring to 'filthy feet', Abbas seemed to be quoting a hadith "You must clean your courtyards and do not follow in the footsteps of the Jews" [here]Given the extensive laws of cleanliness in the Jewish tradition, the ritual washing of hands before meals, the ritual bathing in the miqveh, etc, this slur from Muslim tradition is a smear reflecting deep prejudice.
Applied to any people but the Jews, such a slur would likely elicit wide disapproval. But since the EU and much of the rest of the West, is now in a deep hate-Israel mood, smears like Abbas' are conveniently overlooked.
The prejudice against Jews as unclean goes farther in the Shiite tradition than even in the Sunni tradition [Abbas is a Sunni]. Consider:
Jewish 'dirt' was taken to its logical extreme in Sh'ia tradition, where the Jew was najas or impure: To wine and other spirits, dogs, swine, dead animals that were not ritually slaughtered, blood, excrement, and the milk of animals whose meat Muslims are not allowed to eat Shi’a jurists traditionally add dead bodies and non-believers.
Thus Jews in Iran were not allowed to handle fruit and vegetables in the market, lest they contaminate them, and Jews were even known to have been executed in 19th century Persia for brushing up against Muslims in the rain, thus rendering them impure.Abbas also added his approval to war and violent terrorist acts:
As recently as 2006, Mohamed Ali Ramin, an adviser to president Ahmadinejad of Iran, said: "Jews are a dirty people. That is why one has accused them throughout history of spreading deadly diseases and plagues*." [here]
We welcome every drop of blood spilled [referring especially to the riots on the Temple Mount]Is it fair to say that Abbas is bloodthirsty?